Six ranked teams were in action on Wednesday night.
Six ranked teams won games by at least 12 points.
It was not a night filled with upsets, but there still is plenty for us to talk through. Here are the three things you need to know:
LOUISVILLE IS DESTROYING EVERYONE IN THEIR PATH
The Cardinals have gone from being a team that we weren’t sure was capable of getting to the NCAA tournament to arguably the hottest team in college basketball in the span of what feels like a day.
On Wednesday night, Chris Mack’s club beat Wake Forest 82-54. This comes on the heels of smoking Pitt, beating N.C. State and, just 18 days ago, handing North Carolina their worst home loss in 16 seasons under Roy Williams.
It has been incredible to see develop, as the likes of Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora have turned into two of the better players in the ACC. And they’re going to need to play like it to avoid a crash course with reality in the next two weeks. Here is what Louisville’s next four games look like: No. 9 UNC, at No. 12 Virginia Tech, at No. 25 Florida State, No. 2 Duke.
Gooooooooood luck with that.
VILLANOVA AND MARQUETTE MOVE ONE STEP CLOSER TO BIG EAST SHOWDOWN
The Big East is a two-horse race.
We’ve known that for a while, but the race for first in the league is turning into one of the more entertaining title chases in college hoops. On Wednesday, both No. 10 Marquette and No. 14 Villanova hit the road, and both came away with impressive wins. The Wildcats with into Chiberia and knocked off DePaul, 86-74, while Marquette handled their business at Butler thanks to 32 points from Markus Howard.
Saturday, February 9th.
Wednesday, February 27th.
Those are the two times that these programs square off this season. Mark it in your calendar now.
BOB HUGGINS IS NOT HAVING FUN ANYMORE
West Virginia got smoked by 25 points at No. 20 Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Bob Huggins, however, did not get a chance to see the final minutes of the loss. He decided that his night was over with 3:28 left. He was not happy with the officiating, picking up a pair of technical fouls in succession, before hitting the showers. After the loss, which dropped West Virginia to 9-12 on the season and 1-7 in Big 12 play, Bob Huggins was his typical, jovial self, telling reporters that “I’m miserable” because “we suck.”
Never change, Huggy Bear.
It’s also worth noting here that Lindell Wigginton continued to play well, finishing with a team-high 28 points in the win.